Nobody competes at the Olympic Games for the money, but the world stage can bring with it plenty of added benefits.
All of the world’s eyes will be fixed upon Japan for the next few weeks following Friday’s opening ceremony in Tokyo.
There will be 33 sports played at 339 events across 42 venues until August 8, but most of those competing will be far from household names.
Box-office status is reserved for a prized few who can light up stadiums and with their talent – and be financially rewarded for it.
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics finally under way, Star Sport takes a look at the world’s richest Olympians.
Ion Tiriac (£1.2bn)
You may not know the name, but Tiriac is the richest Olympian of all time and he’s lived quite the life, having competed at the 1964 Olympics in ice hockey before making his name in tennis as a player.
The 82-year-old Romanian stayed in tennis as a coach but made his money by founding Banca Tiriac, his country’s first private bank after the fall of communism.
Anna Kasprzak (£1bn)
Kaspzak is a Danish dressage rider who competed at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, with her best result coming with a fourth place in the team dressage at London nine years ago.
As you may have guessed, that’s not where her wealth comes from; she has her grandfather, Karl Toosbuy, to thank for that. He founded the shoe company ECCO in 1963.
Floyd Mayweather (£871m)
Worst Olympic injuries ever – from gruesome leg breaks to sickening face-first falls
He didn’t give himself the nickname Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather for no reason: the American boxer is obsessed with cash, hence why he is still fighting YouTubers, aged 44.
Way before all that, Mayweather won a bronze medal as an amatuer in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Lionel Messi (£436m)
The Barcelona icon helped Argentina win an Olympic gold medal in 2008, adding another title to his huge collection.
Messi, who recently won the Copa America, has reportedly agreed a new five-year contract with Barcelona – albeit worth half of his previous monster deal.
Roger Federer (£327m)
Tennis is a good platform for wealth and Federer has reaped the rewards for his brilliance and longevity, establishing the RF brand on the back of his career and taking on huge endorsement deals with Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and Uniqlo.
His rivals – and fellow 20-time Grand Slam champions – Rafael Nadal (£130m) and Novak Djokovic (£160m) have both cashed in too, but Federer tops them.
The Swiss legend has won a silver in the singles at London 2012 and gold in the doubles at Beijing 2008, but the singles gold is one of few honours that has evaded him.
Serena Williams (£163m)
Another legend of the tennis world, Williams is a three-time Olympic gold medallist as well as a 23-time Grand Slam champion.
The 39-year-old American has won a record £68m in prize money, while her marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (net worth £50m) has created a power couple.
Caitlyn Jenner (£72m)
Now world-famous as a American media personality and a vocal voice for the transgender community, Jenner is also an Olympic Gold Medal-winning decathlete.
Jenner, who dropped the name Bruce after coming out as transgender female in 2015, won gold at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Usain Bolt (£65m)
The fastest man of all time can probably lay claim to being the most famous Olympian as well, having won a staggering eight gold medals in sprinting.
His 100m time of 9.63 seconds, set at London 2012, remains the world record nine years on and he also holds the records in the 200m and 4x100m relay.
Michael Phelps (£58m)
The American is widely regarded as the greatest swimmer of all time, having won a ludicrous 28 Olympic medals, including a record 23 golds.
While swimming itself doesn’t pay much, Phelps endorsement deals with Colgate, Kellogg, Louis Vuitton, Omega, Speedo, Under Armour and Visa have accounted for the majority of his career earnings.
Shaun White (£43m)
White is the most famous snowboarder of all time and won three Olympic golds and became a millionaire before he turned 20.
He’s dipped into games, music and fashion but his earnings, like many on this list, largely come from clothing endorsement deals.
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